The following commentary covers Chapters 7, 8, and 9.
temple a witness against iniquity; the prophet's grief;
God's righteous judgments
Chapter 7 begins a new
prophecy, contemplating especially the temple, which,
instead of being a protection (as the people, without
conscience, would have it), was become a further
demonstration of their iniquity. They were to remember
Shiloh; for the house of God should likewise be
overthrown. Judah should be cast off, as Ephraim had
been, and God would hear no intercession for His people.
He required obedience and not sacrifice, and if the
people came into His house while they were practising
idolatry, they did but defile it. But Israel had less
understanding than the birds of the heaven, which at
least knew their appointed times, while Israel knew not
the judgment of Jehovah (chap. 8).
From verse 18 to verse 2
of chapter 9 the prophet lays open the depth of his
grief. From verse 3 of chapter 9 he proclaims
judgmenta judgment which shall also visit the
nations around. And in view of these judgments he exhorts
every man not to glory in man, but in the knowledge of
Jehovah (v. 23, 24).